IDIOTS GUIDE TO: Circular Economy, Urban Manufacturing & Industry 4.0

Listening to fascinating Cities in the Making   about the new type of manufacturing, closely linked to the functions of the city and mindful of resource constraints and environmental impacts emerging. All part of the live streaming from the DIF (Disruptive Innovation Festival). Speakers Teresa Domenech, Adrian Vickery Hill and Michael Pechstein.

Raised all kinds of ideas, but initially the main realisation I just didn’t know enough about the the new sustainable terminolgy being talked of.

As such, a quick idiots guide to (mainly for my benefit) below:


Circular Economy:  keep resources in use for as long as possible, extract the minimum value for them whilst in use, then recover and regenerate products and materials at the end of each service life.

Industry 4.0 is a name given to the current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies. It includes cyber-physical systems, the Internet of things, cloud computing and cognitive computing. Industry 4.0 is commonly referred to as the fourth industrial revolution.

Urban Manufacturing: The outsourcing of manufacturing away from city centres has externalised environmental issues while contributing emissions from transportation. As a response to these challenges, is a call for an ‘Industrial Renaissance’ (EC 2014) and endorsed re-industrialisation initiatives such as the ‘Circular Economy’ and Industry 4.0.

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